Mary Macleod To Raise Air Ambulance Issue

The charity which serves the whole of London, badly needs funds

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Local MP Mary Macleod has pledged to raise the issue of funding for London’s Air Ambulance in Parliament - the Ambulance attended four serious accidents in the borough last year.

The MP for Brentford and Isleworth said;

"London’s Air Ambulance provides a life-saving service for over 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25. I think many people will be surprised to learn that there is currently only one helicopter serving the whole of London.

She added that she fully supported a fundraising campaign led by Dr. Julian Thompson, Executive Director of London's Air Ambulance.

Mary Macleod with Dr. Gareth Davies and Dr. Anne Weaver

London Members of Parliament, Peers and Council Leaders demonstrated their support for the London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s contribution to the capital’s safety at an event hosted by Mary Macleod, and Rushanara Ali, Bethnal Green & Bow MP which was sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management. Mary Macleod met some of the patients who have been helped and the members of crew who save lives in the capital every day.

Commenting on the event, Dr Julian Thompson, Executive Director of London’s Air Ambulance, said;

"We greatly appreciate the support of so many leading London politicians for this life saving charity. London’s Air Ambulance provides world leading care to the people of London but relies upon donations from the public to maintain our high standards.

The demands on our clinical service are increasing each year and we need build upon our 20 years of experience, caring for over 26,000 patients, to develop the scale of service that Londoners deserve."

London's Air Ambulance is the Charity which runs  London’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. The service provides pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury, at the scene of the incident, throughout London - serving the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25.  

Based at the  Royal London Hospital and founded in 1989, the service is unique in that it operates 24/7, with the helicopter running in daylight hours and rapid response cars taking over at night. 

The Team, which at all times includes a Senior Trauma Doctor and a specially trained Paramedic, perform advanced medical interventions, normally only found in the Hospital Emergency Department, in time-critical, life threatening situations. Missions commonly involve serious road traffic collisions, falls from height, industrial accidents, assaults and injuries on the rail network.

July 17, 2012